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Winter in Texas means the weather is warm one week, and below freezing the next. Seriously, it was in the high 70’s on Christmas this past year… 3 days later? Snow. Well, not where I live, it was a rainstorm by the time it reached us, but it WAS in the 30’s during the day. Crazy!
Given how unpredictable the weather is in our climate, it’s difficult to justify making a huge investment in winter-weather running gear, like a $150 tech jacket, that may only see the light of day 3 days the whole year during a mild year. Layering is a much better way to make the most out of my technical running shirts and athletic jackets for the colder mornings, but it still doesn’t take care of my head, neck and face.
Enter the Buff Thermal Hoodie! One of the biggest things that caught my eye about this product is the versatility. I can turn any shirt, collared jacket or coat into a hoodie for windy and cold days, making it perfect for our temperamental weather patterns and great for the layering I so often have to do when the cold weather strikes.
I once bought something similar for skiing, that can only be used for skiing. Personally, I’m not a fan of making purchases that can only be used for one purpose. The hoodie is versatile for use in many types of winter sports, not just running. Actually the hood is large enough to accommodate a skiing or snowboarding helmet, so it would also be perfect for that.
The Hoodie can be worn several ways, like so:
Another feature that I loved about this hoodie was the face guard, which is made of a breathable but warm Merino wool. When I took my Buff Hoodie on my long run last weekend, I found that this part was enough to keep me warm, but didn’t seal in the heat around my neck once I warmed up.
Other things I loved about it included:
- The Soft Hood – it’s seriously so comfy inside thanks to the Polartec fleece!
- The Drawstring – you don’t have to tie the ends of the strings together to get your hoodie to stay to your desired tightness. Just push up the leather pieces on the drawstring and they will stay in place (see pictures above and below).
- The Look – I received the Fog color and I am so glad. I can wear it with pretty much any color without any clashing. I also like the leather accents – they make it look more like an every day item, which I personally prefer.
As for the cons, I actually had a difficult time coming up with things I wasn’t crazy about. The major thing I would like to point out is that it can get kinda hot running with the hood up, but if you live in a climate that is colder than mine, I don’t foresee this being much of an issue. Also, this winter has been warmer than usual, so I haven’t had an opportunity to test it out on an extremely cold day. They do offer a model that is wind and water resistant, so that might be a better fit if you live in a generally warmer climate like I do.
You can purchase your own super-comfy, super-versatile Buff Thermal Hoodie at www.buffusa.com for $50. I highly recommend it as it is a great piece that doesn’t just work for running, but also any other activity you may find yourself doing this winter.
Besides running, what’s your favorite thing to do outdoors in the winter?
Cheers to chilly temps (and hopefully seeing an inch of snow this year)!